Oct. 14, 2008
The University of Tennessee announced today plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tennessee basketball presented by Coca-Cola and Reese's. Throughout the season there will be highlights of the greatest moments of Tennessee basketball at each home game, a competition to select the "Greatest Vols Basketball Fan" and the selection of an All-Century team.
"During the 2008-09 basketball season we have the privilege of celebrating the tradition of Tennessee basketball as we mark our historical 100th year on the court," said Bruce Pearl, men's head basketball coach. "I feel honored to be part of such a celebration."
All season the Volunteers will be paying tribute to greatest players and greatest moments in Tennessee basketball history. The festivities will culminate the weekend of February 13 and 14 with a special reception for all basketball lettermen as well as the announcement of the All-Century team presented by Coca-Cola and Reese's during the match-up against Vanderbilt on February 14th.
"Our basketball team continues to garner support across the country," said Mike Hamilton, men's athletics director. "I don't think our 100 year anniversary could have come at a better time."
For more information visit www.utsports.com.
All Century Team Fans will be able to vote for the greatest players in UT Basketball history. Fans will vote between October 15th and February 1st. Fans can vote in the following ways:
- Tennessee Basketball Bruce Pearl standees with All Century Team ballot attached at the Coca-Cola and Food City displays and First Tennessee Bank locations (97 stores and banks in East Tennessee beginning in December)
- Ballots will be passed out to all fans at first home game on November 15
- Online at UTSPORTS.com
- Fans can vote until February 1, 2009
Reunion Weekend Celebration
The year-end finale will take place in February when we announce our All-Century team during halftime of the Vanderbilt match-up on February 14th. That weekend we'll also host all of our basketball alumni in a special 100th Anniversary Celebration.
Former Player Recognition
At select games, during a media time-out or halftime, a former great player will be recognized as part of a video vignette.
Greatest Vols Shots
During Halftime or a Media Time-Out at five games, the Top 5 Greatest Vols Shots will be shown on the center hung scoreboard.
- Games: UTC, Kentucky, Memphis, Florida and Vanderbilt
- Contestants are given a basketball and the chance to re-create the shot to win a prize
Greatest Vols Basketball Fan Contest
Fans can submit a one minute video or less on why they are the Greatest Vols Basketball Fan. Details of the contest are at UTSPORTS.com and the winning video will be announced at the February 14 Vanderbilt game. Winner will receive: